TUART

JEAN-BAPTISTE I. c. 1700-c. 1767; MASTER 1741; MARCHAND-EBENISTE
JEAN-BAPTISTE II. b. c. 1720; MARCHAND-MERC1ER

Memtars of a dynasty of Parisian ebenistes and dealers, the Tuarts, father and son. had the same Christian name. Jean-Baptiste. The father, born in about 1700, became a master in 1741 and remained active until about 1760. The son, born in about 1720, worked with his father from 1743. He did not become a master ebeniste but a ‘maltre tabletier et marchand-mercier’. He first established himself in the rue Froidmanteau; his business soon flourished and he moved to a smarter address in the rue Saint-Honore. between the rue du Four and the rue dcs Prouvaires. Salverte assumed that he was a practising ebeniste. but this is not certain. Л label found on one of his pieces mentions only his activities as a dealer or restorer

7u Chateau de Bellevue’, me Saint-Honore. between the me des Poulies and Lcs Fillcs-de-l’Oratoire. The house of citizen Poupart. next to the I lotel dcs Amcriquains, no. 611. Tuart. marchand. has a shop for ebenisterie. mirrors, chenets. wall-lights, clocks in matt or burnished gilt – bronze. crystal chandeliers, girandoles, candlesticks, mechanical lamps, coal scuttles, ice-buckets, warming bricks, engraved silverware and mahogany commodes, trictrac-tables, travelling bidet chests, travelling and indoor foot-warmers… screens, fire-screens, he also restores old furniture in marquetry and the mounts, and mirrors…

His stamp is often found beside the stamp of the ebeniste who made the piece. Bury’s stamp is often found (1740-95. a master from 1775). Tuart s are all fine Neo-classical pieces of furniture, such as the armoire-chiffonnier in the Davray sale. Paris. 14 April 1986, lot 114 (296] or several small roll-top desks in tulipwood.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

F. dc Salverte: Les Ebenistes, p. 320